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Canary Government launches new campaign over work contracts’ fraud 

A massive new crackdown on fraudulent contracts has swung into action in the Canary Islands with the Government warning: “There is no hiding place!”

Minister of Employment, Social Policies and Housing, Cristina Valido presented to union and business represen-tatives an extraordinary plan that provides for the inspection of at least 1,280 companies to monitor contract fraud. This reinforcement action will be added to the ordinary activity of the inspectorate which until the month of September has improved the employment situation of more than 10,000 workers who had fraudulent contracts or lacked them.

The extraordinary campaign will have a reinforcement of 32 new inspectors stationed in the islands and will be carried out in two phases, one that started on October 15th and the other in November 2018, with a duration of three weeks for each of them.

Cristina Valido said these extraordinary campaigns had been a great success before and would investigate previously selected companies.

“We want quality work to be created, generated and maintained and, of course, to end the abuse,” she stressed.

“We add these 32 inspectors to the 90 that we already have in staff in defence of workers who suffer abuse, from companies that fail and perform unfair competition.”

The territorial director of the Inspection of Labour and Social Security, Francisco Guindín, revealed the main results of the ordinary activity of the Inspectorate during the first nine months of this year and that has allowed the transformation of 7,000 irregular contracts of which 6,000 were temporary ones that have become indefinite and another 1,000 with part-time days inferior to those carried out by the workers.

To these 7,000 must be added the 3,000 emergent jobs of people who performed their work without a contract. A total of 10,000 workers improved their working conditions thanks to this work of the Government of the Canary Islands.

Sr. Guindín also reported that of the more than 80,000 letters sent by the State to companies randomly through the Master Plan for Decent Work in all of Spain, 3,300 of them have been sent in the Canary Island: 63% of the companies acknowledged that they committed irregularities and they modified the contracts.

Both leaders recalled the results of the extraordinary campaign last year, which improved the employment situation of 2,719 people who had irregular contracts or were not registered in the Social Security. This action, which was concentrated in two months, reinforced the ordinary activity of the inspectors and increased its results by 24.75% in terms of temporality and 26.88% in terms of increase of the day in part-time contracts .